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Saints defense showed promise against Patriots

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Despite losing 34-22, the Saints defense showed encouraging signs of life.

NFL: Preseason-New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints went up against the New England Patriots in their first preseason game on Thursday. It was the first chance to see how the team will lineup this season and which players to look out for.

The game ended with a rather disappointing score, ending 34-22 in favor of the New England Patriots. However, it’s a scoreline that doesn't suggest much improvement from the defense. But that might not be the right why to look at it. The defense only really gave up 19 points. The other 15 points happened because of mistakes on offense.

First, Garrett Grayson threw a pass into triple coverage. Brandon Coleman got his hand on the ball, but tipped to linebacker Jamie Collins who took it to the end zone for the game’s first score. The Patriots then converted a 2-point conversion. In the 4th Quarter, Luke McCown took a sack and fumbled the ball. It was then recovered by Trey Flowers, who took it back for another defensive touchdown.

The first-team defense actually looked really good at the beginning of the game. On the first 3 possessions, they held the Patriots to only 25 yards. That also included two sacks from Kasim Edebali. Granted, it was a offense without Tom Brady, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski, but it still showed good improvement from last year’s opening game against the Ravens.

It was not only the starting defense that showed promise. Throughout the entire game, Dennis Allen’s squad had their chances to make plays. Vonn Bell dropped a sure pick 6, Erik Harris could have had an interception, and De’vante Harris almost got his hands on a ball in the 2nd Quarter.

And while the run defense gave up 5.0 yards per carry throughout the game, guys like Nick Fairley, Tyeler Davison and Nate Stupar showed that they can make a difference in the ground game.

It was only one game, and there is a lot to improve upon, but the defense looked better - and the game shouldn’t be looked at as a disappointment, at least on the defensive side of the ball.